Om Namah Sivaya
We hope you all have made uplifting resolutions for 2024 and that your Sadhana is progressing with determination. We wish you all the best.
The New Year has started well for our ashrams in India with many Yoga Vacationers from all over the world. We are happy to see a young generation of guests with a yearning for the ancient wisdom and to find purpose in life, evidenced by the deep questions they ask us. Swamiji used to say that in life people tend to move away from their source, feel lost, and eventually develop a strong urge to return again. Although our Teachers’ Training Course numbers are down due to Visa and ongoing financial problems around the world, we trust that Master and Swamiji will take care and deliver more students eager to return to their source. We also invite TTC graduates from around the world to join us for our 2nd annual Teachers’ Training Refresher course from March 18 to 23 at the Madurai Ashram for connection and inspiration.
Our Neyyar Dam Ashram has almost returned to pre-pandemic numbers in the Yoga Vacation and Teachers’ Training Courses. Many staff are returning and our Sivananda Institute of Health is thriving with high demand for our results-oriented Ayurvedic treatments. As the SIH is now fully booked until the end of March, those wishing Ayurvedic treatments are being accommodated at our new location in the Madurai Ashram. Due to the high demand we also plan to expand the SIH facilities at Neyyar Dam within the next two years. Swami Vishnudevananda’s vision was to bring Yoga and Ayurveda together and we are glad to be able to grow what he initiated years ago.
The Sivananda Free Rural Medical Hospital at the Madurai Ashram is seeing over 1300 patients a week for free treatment and medications. We remain grateful for the generous donations and ongoing staffing support which makes this opportunity to serve the local community of poor farmers and labourers possible. This month we celebrate the 12th Anniversary of the Mahakali Temple in the Madurai Ashram with Kumbabishekam. Renovations and repairs to the roof, retention wall, and painting work are underway. We invite you to join us for this event and request you to donate to this noble project if you can. Please contact the Madurai Ashram for further details.
The initial struggles of our Gudur Ashram during the pandemic now seem in the past with an increased number of TTC students and a steady flow of Yoga Vacationers, attracted by the spacious land, thick greenery, and mango grove. A small staff team is inspired and working hard. Gudur is easy to reach from Chennai and other big cities in Andhra Pradesh.
In Uttarkashi, Swami Vishnudevanandaji’s vision for a Yoga Vacation programme at the Sivananda Kutir is being realised. The Free Medical Camp has been revived to much local appreciation. In 2024 we have plans to conduct the Bhagavatha Sapthaha for the local community in Hindi with a famous Bhagavatar Sri Sreekanth Sharma from Rajasthan, and for the local public, and to bring back the Advanced Teachers’ Training course after a 14 year break. We have also begun much needed restoration work to Swami Vishnudevanandaji’s Guha or cave in Gangotri.
Our centres suffered recently with floods and extreme cold weather, however, we remain positive that things will soon return to normal. We are carried by a strong faith that Master and Swamiji will take care of us as long as we sincerely practice our sadhana and teach what we practice.
If you haven’t already done so, please download copies of our new India brochure, new Yoga Sandesha Magazine, and 2024 Calendar.
All of our activities are made possible by your continued support. We really appreciate the faith that you place in us and so endeavour to find new avenues of service. May Master and Swamiji’s blessings be with you always.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams & Centres, India